For the 10th consecutive year the World Children's Fund, an international charity group, has been a major donor to Operation Santa Claus. This year it donated HK$150,000 to support Hong Kong Unison, one of the charity appeal's 13 beneficiaries, to run a community engagement and racial harmony project for ethnic minority children. Set up in 1993, the US-based charity group works through a global network to help rescue needy children who are abandoned, distressed, endangered, exploited and homeless. In Hong Kong, the World Children's Fund has been connected to the disadvantaged community through Operation Santa Claus over the past decade. 'We've been raising funds from the city to help children around the world,' said Rita Lo Man-ping, supervisor of donor services with the fund's Hong Kong office. 'Yet we are also great believers in giving back to the community that is always generous to us.' The group has provided life-saving food, medicine and shelter for deprived and suffering children in Africa, India, Thailand and mainland China. As well as its financial aid to Hong Kong Unison, the children's fund also sponsored a magic show for more than 70 ethnic minority children at Po Kok Primary School this month. Giggles and cheers filled the hall as magician Jaron Deerwester performed his tricks in front of the children, mostly born in Nepal, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Egypt. Hayden Alquitran, six, was the first student invited on stage. Holding a magic wand in one hand, he was amazed to see it turn different colours at every touch of the magician. 'I have no idea how it happened. It's magic,' said Hayden, who is from the Philippines. An estimated 270 mainstream primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong have ethnic minority students. Over the next two years, Hong Kong Unison plans to provide educational help and mentoring to these children, organise school talks, theatre programmes and training for teachers on racial issues. Co-organised by the South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong, Operation Santa Claus - now in its 21st year - will benefit 13 charitable groups. Part of the funds raised will go to the Post's Homes for Hope project to help victims of the devastating May 12 earthquake in Sichuan rebuild.